Editorials

Just ask the Carrico girls

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, California, Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search during the weekend. It seems that on Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, and ...

Why a Space Force now?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down, just a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space ...

Stepping outside the rank and file

Watertown Daily News March 3 Being a loyal member of the GOP on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean you always have to agree with the president. U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, demonstrated that Tuesday by officially disapproving of a recently enacted national emergency. She joined ...

Time to try something different

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Trust, but verify

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

The attitude is inexcusable

It seems some of Jussie Smollett’s fellow performers on the “Empire” television series have chosen to give him their unqualified support. Why on earth would they do that? If Chicago police are correct, Smollett committed a despicable crime. They say he paid two men to stage an attack on ...

A plan is needed

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Mueller report about ready

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Bail reform is a good idea

The Daily Star on bail reform Feb. 19 There is a huge income inequity in jails in New York. Those who are poor and arrested on a minor crime often end up sitting in jail until trial because they can’t scrape together the money for bail. But those who have the funds can be out as soon as ...

Give her the same respect

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Gun laws need to be enforced

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Put the brakes on

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

A real opportunity

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

Be prepared for outcome

The Times Herald-Record on sports gambling Feb. 12 The Alliance of American Football kicked off its premier season over the weekend. Well, that’s not quite accurate because this new professional football league does not believe in kickoffs. It also does not believe in kicking extra ...

Give the president credit

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

State roads

The Observer-Dispatch on state infrastructure Feb. 10 State Sen. Joseph Griffo isn’t just spouting political bluster when he says there needs to be parity between downstate and upstate when it comes to infrastructure investments. The facts back him up. ∫ Three years ago a state ...

When will it reach the breaking point?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

A tale of two counties

Guest editorial I seem to be caught in a “Tale of Two Counties” mystery. On Feb. 1, I attended the “State of the County” and heard a finally woven de piction of statistics which presented Fulton County as a financially solid, forward looking and economically vital county. On the ...

The people will know who to blame

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Medicare for all won’t work

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...